Press Releases

08.27.15

Durbin, Kirk Lead Illinois Delegation Call for Federal Relief for Small Businesses Impacted By Severe Summer Storms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) were joined by the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation today sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Declaration for Grundy and Iroquois Counties, which will allow residents and businesses in the region severely impacted by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes earlier this summer to receive SBA loans. These loans provide assistance to homeowners, r… Continue Reading


08.13.15

Durbin Joins Coalition Pressing FDA to Tackle Toxics in E-Cigarettes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) in calling for clear product standards and good manufacturing processes to combat the health risks of toxic substances in e-cigarettes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes its first regulations of the aerosol-producing products. The number of e-cigarette… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Durbin Urges Kraft Heinz Company to Reconsider Plan to Eliminate 700 Jobs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the CEO of The Kraft Heinz Company to reconsider its decision to eliminate 700 jobs in Illinois. Earlier today, the company announced that it will eliminate 2,500 jobs in the U.S. and Canada. In the event that the decision is not reversed, Durbin urged the company to do more for displaced workers: "This corporate decision creates tremendous social and economic pain for these workers, their families, and the greater North… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Durbin Announces a Nearly $217,000 Investment in East Joliet First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded a $216,667 grant to the East Joliet Fire Protection District for operations and safety. Today's funding will support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our … Continue Reading


08.12.15

Durbin, Kirk: U.S. Department of Agriculture Issues Disaster Declaration & Makes Federal Relief Available for Illinois Farmers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) announced today that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has issued a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Illinois counties impacted by heavy rainfall earlier this year. The Secretary's action ensures that farmers in all eligible counties will be able to apply for emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), a division of the USDA. "Today's federal disaster declaration will give a helping… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Durbin Urges Illinois Company to Keep Tax Address in U.S.

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged the President and CEO of Deerfield, Illinois-based CF Industries, Tony Will, to keep the company's corporate tax headquarters in the U.S. rather than move it overseas - but only on paper - in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes - a process known as "inversion". "After benefitting from investments by U.S. taxpayers that helped make your business what it is today, CF Industries' plans to invert and move its tax address outside th… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Durbin, Agricultural Leaders Discuss Great Potential for Trade with Cuba

[NORMAL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), joined by Ben Barron with the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and Alexis Taylor with Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with local agricultural leaders today to discuss changes made by the Obama administration between the U.S. and Cuba and the potential benefits of lifting the Cuban trade embargo. Since President Obama's announcement late last year on the normalization of relations with C… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Durbin: Senate's Long-Term Transportation Bill Provides Certainty Needed to Create Jobs and Improve Infrastructure

[DECATUR] - Businesses and state governments would have the certainty they need to plan critical infrastructure projects if the long-term bi-partisan transportation bill passed by the U.S. Senate becomes law, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today following a tour of the Midwest Inland Port in Decatur. Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 stop-gap measures to keep the country's major transportation and infrastructure programs from shutting down, with the most recent vote in late July- the thir… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Durbin Visits Villa Park Fire Department, Discusses Importance of Federal Funding for First Responders

[VILLA PARK] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited Villa Park Fire Department today where he saw the Department's new fire truck funded by a $432,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awarded last year. Durbin met with Villa Park Mayor Deborah Bullwinkel and Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik to discuss the benefits of the AFG program and the new fire engine, which will begin use in the coming weeks. "We must ensure our nation's firefighters and first-respo… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Durbin Discusses Legislation to Combat Heroin Epidemic

[NAPERVILLE, IL] - In an effort to prevent drug tragedies and combat a nationwide surge of lethal drug overdoses, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with local advocates, law enforcement officials, health professionals, and people recovering from heroin and opioid addiction to discuss ways to combat the problem. Durbin recently co-sponsored bills to expand treatment for heroin addiction and increase access to naloxone - a drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose - and other dr… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Durbin, Kirk Support Federal Investment in Illinois Biofuels Industry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today in support of Illinois' application for additional federal funding to advance the deployment of biofuel infrastructure across Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $100 million available in competitive grants to states that are testing innovative ways to distribute higher blends of renewable fuel. "The continued advancement… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Durbin, Emanuel Announce a $10.2 Million Investment in Chicago Midway Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City of Chicago, Illinois has received $10,210,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at Chicago Midway International Airport. Of this funding, $210,000 will be used to purchase additional equipment. In addition, $10 million will be used for noise mitigation efforts near Chicago Midway… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Durbin: Chicago Rockford International Airport's EDA Grant Moves Forward

[ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS] - The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced that the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) Midfield Aviation Industrial Park Project has been selected through EDA's competitive application review process for further funding consideration. Subject to the availability of funds, the proposed project will be considered for up to $2.5 million in EDA funding under the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program. The Midfield Aviation Industrial Par… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Durbin Statement on President's Clean Power Plan

CHICAGO-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants: The President's Clean Power Plan represents a big, bold step in the right direction, and I hope Republicans in Congress will wake up to the reality of climate change and global warming and join us in taking action. Our generation must take these steps now to protect the world for future generations, and that's going to mean… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Durbin Discusses Importance of Modernizing Federal Drug Sentencing Policy

[CHICAGO] - With prison populations skyrocketing over the last several decades and almost half of the nation's federal inmates serving sentences for drug offenses, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the urgent need to reform federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for nonviolent drug offenses. Durbin discussed the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced earlier this year, which would modernize federal drug sentencing laws by giving federal judges more discretion in… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Durbin, Senators Call on Defense Department to Disclose For-profit College Investigations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 12 other Senators joined today in calling on the Secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD), Ash Carter, to publicly disclose information about federal and state investigations or lawsuits against schools - including for-profit colleges - that participate in the department's Tuition Assistance (TA) program. "Publicly traded companies are required to provide information on investigations and lawsuits in filings with the Securities a… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate, House Leaders Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Protect Trade Secrets

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members Dick Durbin (D-IL), Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) together with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help combat the loss of billions of dollars each year in the United States to the theft of corporate trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act would empower companies … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Durbin: Senate’s Long-Term Transportation Bill Will Create Illinois Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate has passed a long-term, bipartisan transportation bill that provides the certainty that businesses and state governments, like Illinois, need to plan critical infrastructure projects and create good-paying jobs. Since the previous long-term transportation bill expired in 2009, Congress has passed 33 stop-gap measures to keep the country's major transportation and infrastructure programs from shutting down. … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Durbin Introduces Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) introducing the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act. This bill would improve programs that help states and local communities in suicide prevention, helping children recover from traumatic events, mental health awareness for teachers and other individuals, and assessing barriers to integrating behavioral health and primary care. … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Durbin Stands with Southern Illinois Leaders in Urging EPA to Stop Dangerous Flood Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to protect the future of communities and habitat along the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois and Southeastern Missouri by vetoing the St. Johns Bayou New Madrid Floodway project. Durbin also wrote to Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss to ensure that both agencies be made aware of his concerns regarding the project's impact on the ar… Continue Reading

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